—battler, n./bat"l/, n., v., battled, battling.n.1. a hostile encounter or engagement between opposing military forces: the battle of Waterloo.2. participation in such hostile encounters or engagements: wounds received in battle.3. a fight between two persons or animals: ordering a trial by battle to settle the dispute.4. any conflict or struggle: a battle for control of the Senate.5. Archaic. a battalion.6. give or do battle, to enter into conflict; fight: He was ready to do battle for his beliefs.v.i.7. to engage in battle: ready to battle with the enemy.8. to work very hard or struggle; strive: to battle for freedom.v.t.9. to fight (a person, army, cause, etc.): We battled strong winds and heavy rains in our small boat.10. to force or accomplish by fighting, struggling, etc.: He battled his way to the top of his profession.[1250-1300; ME bataile < OF < VL *battalia for LL battualia (neut. pl.) gladiatorial exercises, equiv. to battu(ere) to strike (see BATE2) + -alia, neut. pl. of -ALIS -AL2]Syn. 1. contest, conflict, war. BATTLE, ACTION, SKIRMISH mean a conflict between organized armed forces. A BATTLE is a prolonged and general conflict pursued to a definite decision: the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. A SKIRMISH is a slight engagement, often on the periphery of an area of battle: several minor skirmishes. An ACTION can be a battle or a skirmish or can refer to actual fighting or combat: a major military action; action along the border; He saw action in the campaign. 2. warfare, combat, fighting. 6. conflict. 8. contest.battle2/bat"l/, v.t., battled, battling. Archaic.to furnish (a building or wall) with battlements; crenelate.[1300-50; ME batailen < MF bataillier to provide with batailles. See BATTLEMENT]
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* * *town (parish), Rother district, administrative county of East Sussex, historic county of Sussex, England, just inland from Hastings. A ridge to the southeast, called Senlac, was the site of the famous battle in which William I the Conqueror (William I) defeated the English in 1066. Before the battle William vowed to build an abbey on the spot if victorious, and in 1094 its church was consecrated, with an altar standing where the English king Harold II fell. The great gateway, built in 1338, survives alongside the town, but after the Reformation the church was destroyed and the abbey converted into a mansion that is now occupied by a school. Pop. (2001) 6,048.
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